Last updated on October 14th, 2023 at 11:17 amReading Time: 2 minutes
This post is as much for me as anybody else, and I hope it will be a short one. I got myself in a right tizz this morning with numbers and percentages, I know where I went wrong, and now is my attempt to a) set the record straight and b) leave myself a permanent reminder so I don’t make the same mistake again. The Rowley 1000 refers to a specific set of officers, see below.
Anybody who has read a newspaper or watched a news programme in the past few months can’t fail to be aware of the flack that the Metropolitan Police has been taking since the activities of some its officers were made painfully public.
It is neither my place nor intention to even attempt to justify or defend any of those officers, they have no place in any Police Force and deserve to be where they are.
Sadly this has given many of the news outlets and newspapers, plus the usual armchair critics, carte blanche to condemn the Met and just about everybody in it. Following on from the Casey Review the Met Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, when interviewed, announced that there were 1,000 officers whose individual circumstances would be reviewed to establish whether they should indeed still be a Police Officer.
Well, the exact figures were quoted by Sir Mark in a TV interview this morning. The review examined the circumstances around 1,131 officers, That is out of a total establishment in the region of 34,500 officers (or 3.3%).
246 of the 1,131 will face no further action will be taken, as the original outcome was correct.
689 officers will undergo a new assessment, or vetting, to establish whether there are new, or missed, lines of enquiry.
Finally, 196 officers are of such concern that their continuation with the Met Police will be reassessed. That 196 represents 0.6% of the total number of Police Officers in the Met.
I do not deny that the Met (and probably Policing nationwide) has its problems, but our country is made of 650 law makers. 56 out of 430 male MPs are under some sort of investigation for similarly abusive behaviour. That equates to 13%, so I would dare to suggest that Westminster has a far worse problem, percentage wise, but we never seem to hear that,